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‘Will I look a hag?’: Portraits of Elizabeth Bowen 

Patrick Hennessy, Portrait of Elizabeth Bowen at Bowens Court, 1957. Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. © the artists estate.

1 March: Dr Michael Waldron

As part of the Friends Spring Lecture Series 2024

No booking required but places are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Friends €5 | General Public €8 | Students go free with a valid I.D.

In anticipation of a television appearance, the Anglo-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) expressed her anxiety: ‘Will I look a hag?’ Having sat for several portraits and studio photographs during her career, she was acutely aware of the power of the image and how it could affect the reputation of a public figure. This illustrated talk will feature photographs by Cecil Beaton, Jane Bown, and Gisèle Freund, and portraits by Sylvia Cooke-Collis, Patrick Hennessy, and Mervyn Peake. 

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